News about 53rd St. in Hyde Park, Chicago

Promontory

Promontory to preview menu at KAM Isaiah Israel’s April 26 fundraiser

Award-winning chef Jared Wentworth, will prepare the cuisine for KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation’s spring fundraiser on Saturday, April 26—offering attendees a chance to preview fare from the Promontory, a new restaurant, bar and concert venue set to open soon on 53rd Street.

Wentworth, who will helm the kitchen at the Promontory, has won praise for his work at Longman & Eagle, a popular Chicago restaurant whose owners include the Promontory’s partners Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golden. The Promontory will be located on the southwest corner of 53rd Street at Lake Park, in the same building as Akira and CorePower Yoga.

Along with sampling the Promontory’s fare, those attending the fundraiser will have a chance to purchase tickets to a raffle that features items from several 53rd Street businesses, including A10 restaurant, Harper Theater, Hyatt Place hotel, Kilwin’s, and LA Fitness. Other Hyde Park businesses will also have items in the raffle.

The fundraiser, themed “It’s Spring and All That Jazz,” will pay tribute to the history of jazz in Hyde Park, with a performance by renowned singer and South Side resident Tammy McCann and a talk by WBEZ radio’s Richard Steele. It will be held at 1100 E. Hyde Park Boulevard in Chicago, beginning with cocktails and a raffle at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and jazz at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $150 per person and can be purchased on KAM Isaiah Israel’s website.

192 CTA bus among new additions to 53rd Street

As of two days ago, there is a new option for getting to 53rd Street from downtown Chicago: CTA bus route 192.

The 192 bus, also called the University of Chicago Hospitals Express, has added a southbound stop for morning riders at 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue, right next to Akira, CorePower Yoga, and the soon-to-open Promontory. The bus stop is also across the street from the new Harper Court office tower.

The 192 starts at the Ogilvie Metra station and previously ran express from Roosevelt Road and State Street to 59th and Kimbark, before arriving at Goldblatt Pavilion on the UChicago hospital campus.  While the change adds a stop to the morning commute, regular riders need not fear delays. The bus will run express between 53rd and 59th/Kimbark.

For the northbound return commute, the 192 will not stop on 53rd Street. Riders who get off on 53rd Street in the morning, can take either the 28 or 6 route back downtown from Lake Park. The 192 evening bus from the University campus will to start at Goldblatt Pavilion, turn right onto Cottage Grove, stop at 57th Street, proceed to 55th Street, and turn west into the park before continuing the route it used before.

A note for University affiliates: While the new morning route will expand your transport options, the 192 will continue to be a full-fare route.

Updated CTA signage that includes the new stop on 53rd Street is expected to go up this week. The CTA website has more information about changes in the route service.

Akira gets new sign

53rd Street patrons may have observed a small but notable change in the retail corridor this past week: Akira’s new sign. Die-hard fans of the Chicago-based fashion boutique know the simple but sleek bold lettering that is the store’s trademark. Akira opened last November at 1539 E. 53rd Street, and the sign was installed on the east wall of the building last week.

On the south end of the building, work continues on the space that will house the new Promontory restaurant and concert venue, which are set to open in the coming months. A CorePower Yoga studio also will open in the space above Akira this year.

New restaurant and concert venue coming to Hyde Park

The University of Chicago has reached an agreement to lease space to Chicago restaurant operators Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golden, who plan to open a new restaurant and concert venue on 53rd Street. The restaurateurs issued the following announcement:

Bruce Finkelman (Empty Bottle, Bite Cafe, Longman & Eagle, Beauty Bar) and Craig Golden (SPACE, UNION, Longman & Eagle,) have partnered to open The Promontory, a new restaurant, bar and concert venue, slated to open in early 2013. Named after Hyde Park’s beloved Promontory Point, the new venture aims to bring a similar energy, inventiveness and dedication to craft that that can be found in the partners’ current endeavors. Finkelman and Golden are excited to be the first of many exciting new business owners involved with the 53rd Street revitalization project being driven by the University of Chicago. Chef/partner Jared Wentworth, whose work at Longman & Eagle garnered a Michelin Star two years in a row among praise from GQ, Esquire, Bon Appetite, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, the New York Times and more, will helm this hearth driven kitchen. For further information please contact press@promontorychicago.com

The Promontory will be located in the former Borders building, which also will house the flagship store of Chicago-based fashion retailer Akira, scheduled to open this fall.